Plano bomb suspect trial set for June 30; will represent himself

Anson Chi

Credit: Collin County Jail

Anson Chi is accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in Plano with a homemade bomb in 2013.

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Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

PLANO -- The man accused of trying to blow up a Plano natural gas pipeline will stand trial beginning June 30 and represent himself, News 8 has learned.

Anson Chi, 34, was arrested in June 2012 after he allegedly burned himself while setting off an explosive device near an Atmos Energy pipeline on West Parker Road. He has spent 21 months in the Collin County Detention Facility while awaiting trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Schell allowed Chi to fire his legal team and withdraw his guilty plea in February 2014. He changed he plea from not guilty to guilty and back again since he was accused.

He told News 8 in a jailhouse interview in February his former attorneys, Sminu Peter and Brook Busbee, forced him to sign the guilty plea and were "incompetent."

Instead, Chi will represent himself in the criminal trial with a standby attorney to assist him.

Chi was indicted on three charges by a federal grand jury. If convicted, together they carry a penalty of more than 60 years in prison.

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